How to Clean an Acoustic Drum Kit

How to Clean an Acoustic Drum Kit

 An acoustic drum kit in the corner of a large recording studio

How to clean an acoustic drum kit

Acoustic drum kits are a popular choice for many musicians, but they can also be prone to collecting dust, dirt, and grime over time. Regular cleaning is essential for keeping your drum kit in top condition and ensuring that it lasts for years to come. In this post, we’ll go through how to clean an acoustic drum kit, including drum shells, hardware, cymbals, and drum heads. We’ll also provide some drum cleaning products suitable for each part of the kit.

 

Cleaning the Drum Shells

Drum shells are the backbone of your kit, and they need to be cleaned regularly to maintain their appearance and sound quality. Here’s how to clean your drum shells:

 

  1. Remove the drum heads: Start by removing the drum heads from the drum shells. This will allow you to clean the inside of the shells thoroughly.
  2. Wipe down the shells: Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the drum shells. For tougher grime or stains, use a drum-specific cleaner like Zildjian Cymbal Polish, which can also be used on drum shells.
  3. Dry the shells: After wiping down the shells, use a dry cloth to dry them off completely.

 

Cleaning the Hardware

Hardware, including drum stands, pedals, and snare wires, can accumulate dirt and grime over time. Here’s how to clean your drum hardware:

 

  1. Disassemble the hardware: Remove all the hardware from the drum kit so that you can clean each part separately.
  2. Wipe down the hardware: Use a soft cloth or a specialized drum hardware cleaner like Groove Juice Cymbal Cleaner. Wipe down each piece of hardware. Make sure to get into all the small crevices and corners.
  3. Reassemble the hardware: After cleaning each piece of hardware, reassemble it back onto the drum kit.

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Cleaning the Cymbals

Cymbals are a key component of any drum kit, and they can be quite delicate. Here’s how to clean your cymbals safely:

 

  1. Remove the cymbals: Start by removing the cymbals from the drum kit.
  2. Wipe down the cymbals: Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down each cymbal. If you have heavier dirt or stains, use a cymbal cleaner like Zildjian Cymbal Polish or Meinl Cymbal Cleaner.
  3. Dry the cymbals: After cleaning the cymbals, use a dry cloth to dry them off completely before reattaching them to the drum kit.

 

Cleaning the Drum Heads

Drum heads can get dirty and lose their tone over time. Here’s how to clean your drum heads:

 

  1. Remove the drum heads: Start by removing the drum heads from the drum kit.
  2. Wipe down the drum heads: Use a soft cloth to wipe down the drum heads. For heavier stains, use a specialized drum head cleaner like Evans Drum Head Cleaner.
  3. Dry the drum heads: After cleaning the drum heads, allow them to air dry completely before reattaching them to the drum kit.

 

Conclusion

Cleaning your acoustic drum kit may seem like a daunting task, but it’s essential for maintaining its appearance and sound quality. Regular cleaning of your drum shells, hardware, cymbals, and drum heads will keep your kit in top condition. Ensuring that it lasts for years to come. When cleaning your drum kit, make sure to use specialised drum cleaning products for each part of the kit to ensure its longevity.

If you're wondering what types of drum cleaning products are available, click here to be directed towards our short blog on the 'Best acoustic drum kit cleaning products' blog.

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